Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Flock of Wilson's Snipe.... A first for me....

My target today was Wetzel State Park... chosen because its near my home... As I was driving down Werderman Rd I looked to my left... in a small area in the field where a small area of water had collected, I spied a group of Sandpipers....  Pectorals? Dunlin?  As I got closer, I noticed the long bills.... pulled out the binoculars and there were 8 Wilson's Snipe sitting out in the open in the field... I shot a few pics right from the driver side window of my car.... I have plenty of Snipe behind my home in the spring, but I can't say I have ever seen them in a flock.... very interesting to say the least...
Wetzel itself was just the usual... Highlights included 6 Great Egrets, the most I have seen this year in one location. Savannah Sparrows were singing loudly from every open field....

After I got home and ate dinner, the Wife and I took a walk at Macomb Corners Park near my house... They built a new mile long walking trail that cuts thru the woods.... Macomb Twp has done a real nice job with this park... They left a Marsh/mudflat untouched and built the trail around it... I have been spying it for a week waiting on some shorebirds to appear.... As luck would have it, on my walk tonight I came across two Lesser Yellowlegs (124) wading in the mud... No camera with me, but I am going to go back tomorrow if time allows.... click to enlarge
Great Egret

Savannah Sparrow

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Snipe

1 comment:

  1. Totally cool, Paul! Glad you were able to snap some shots and share them with us! Suzanne Phillips - Manchester